In the summer of 1965 vocalist Jim Morrison was born Melbourne Florida on December 8, 1943 He and keyboard player Ray Manzarek met on the beach in Venice, CA and decided to form a band. They had known each other from UCLA Film School. They recruited guitarist Robby Kreiger and drummer John Densmore. The group took their name from a short book about mind expanding drugs, “The Doors of Perception.” Following a performance at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip, The Doors were signed to Elektra records.
In 1967 their first album, The Doors, contained the hit “Break On Through To The Other Side” and their best known song “Light My Fire,” that became a # 1 chart topping gold single. Additional tracks including “Back Door Man” and “The End” became staples of newly emerging FM rock radio stations. Later the same year, The Doors released the album “Strange Days” which included the top 40 radio hit “People Are Strange” and the Rock FM tracks “Love Me Two Times” and “When The Music’s Gone”. The Doors’ 1968 album “Waiting For The Sun” contained another #1 hit “Hello, I Love You.” “The Soft Parade,” released the following year, had a top five hit, “Touch Me.” In 1970 the group released their first live album “Absolutely Live.” Their “LA Woman” album contained the hits “Riders On The Storm” and “Love Her Madly, both on the Hit Parade in 1971.
Jim Morrison died on July 3, 1971 in Paris France. The six studio albums and the live album released during his lifetime all had gone gold and most eventually went platinum.
The Doors have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Doors were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. The Doors received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2007, and the same year The Best Of The Doors was certified 10X Platinum. Doors co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek passed on May 20, 2013 in Rosenheim, Germany after a long battle with cancer. He was 74. The surviving members, Robby Kreiger and John Densmore of the group continue individual careers in music.